Restore Missing Control Panel and other Apps in Windows 8

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Many users have a common complain of missing control panel in Windows 8 start screen after performing certain changes or upon using some third party software or due to other reasons. Missing Metro Control Panel, Windows Store, and Remote Desktop apps from the Start screen seems to be common issue in Windows 8 Developer Preview build. Installing any software may cause uncertain errors in your Windows 8 system. Here is the tutorial to fix the Control Panel App Missing from Windows 8 Start Screen.

restore missing control panel windows 8

Often performing routine maintenance tasks using third-party tools to free up disk space and remove unnecessary programs from my Windows 8 PC may be the culprit behind disappearance the control panel. Even searching for the missing items in the start screen search you are unable to locate them.

The utility programs or Apps that doesn’t support Windows 8 OS and using them may invite unnecessary issues. To get back all the missing items you can try Refresh your PC option to restore Windows settings to defaults without losing documents, pictures, music, and other personal files. But it removes all installed software except the ones installed from Windows Store. This seems to be useless as you need to install all the software’s again.

Steps to restore missing Metro apps

If you wish to restore the missing Metro tiles of control panel, etc. without using the Refresh option on your Windows 8, follow the steps given below.

The process below will execute a command in elevated prompt to repair corrupt system files including Metro tiles.

  • To bring up the command prompt, type cmd in metro Start screen or open search box in the charms bar or press Ctrl+ Shift + Enter keys with admin rights
  • Upon appearance of the elevated prompt, type the command SFC /SCANNOW and hit Enter

sfc scannow

  • Wait for some time as it may take some time to scan and fix corrupt files. Upon co9mpletion of the process, you will get to see a prompt Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them


  • Close the Command Prompt and restart your PC.

Once the system is rebooted, start screen search box and type missing tiles name to see if the problem is fixed. If you are still unable to see the searched app name in the result, you may need to perform the scan once again.

control panel search start screen

If you see the searched app or the missing Apps in the search result, then right-click on the App and click Pin button to pin the app tile to Start screen. You can then shift the tile from extreme right of the list to the left and bring back to its original place.

Upon following the steps discussed above you can get back all the missing apps like that of control panel, etc. in your Windows 8 system.


Priyanka contributes to the Computer and Gadgets section on Techcular.

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